We already know that Google has agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $3 billion. The deal hasn’t jumped through all of the regulatory hurdles just yet but already rumors are circulating about the very first smartphone that will be developed by both companies together. The official China Mobile Alliance Weibo account published claims that the first smartphone from Motorola and Lenovo is destined for fall 2014.
Now this is certainly a tough rumor to swallow considering the fact that Motorola’s acquisition deal hasn’t been closed. Significant time is required to design, develop and produce a smartphone. It may take the deal a few months to complete so that may only leave a month or two at most for both companies to come up with a new handset.
The way this would make sense is if Google is already allowing Lenovo to work with Motorola on new products. While this is possible, there hasn’t been any confirmation from the companies involved that an arrangement of this sort has been reached.
No word as yet what Motorola and Lenovo’s first collaboration will be called. Lenovo is also expected to shake up Motorola branding. Apparently the “Motorola by Lenovo” brand might be under consideration, though nothing has been confirmed at this stage. The acquisition deal is expected to be closed in the coming months.